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700 illegal taxis confiscated in five days

The number of black and yellow taxis are fast depleting because in the last five days, the state transport department has confiscated 700 illegal taxis in the city.

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2010 01:48 IST
Shashank Rao

The number of black and yellow taxis are fast depleting because in the last five days, the state transport department has confiscated 700 illegal taxis in the city.

There are 36,000 black and yellow taxis presently running in Mumbai. The authorities checked 6000 taxis and found that 700 taxis were illegal.

These taxis will now be sent to the scrap yard. Their permits will be cancelled if the owners or drivers of these taxis fail to produce legal documents.

These taxis have been branded as illegal due to expired permits, non-renewal of permits for more than 10 years, illegally replacing the chassis number inscribed near the engine or changing the number plate.

The Transport department plans to issue 4,000 permits belonging to black and yellow taxis to the fleet taxi companies. Nearly 20 fleet cab companies will have to bid for a minimum of 1,000 taxi permits at a cost of Rs 1 lakh each.

“We want to ensure that people get good quality of taxis especially after they have to pay higher fares,” said Transport Commissioner Dilip Jadhav. He said that the drive will soon extend to auto rickshaws.

“There are not less than 6000 illegal taxis running in the city, whose permits will be renewed only when the government approves,” said a senior transport official. As per official records, there are 58,000 taxis registered. However, more than 18,000 taxi permits have expired.

The Mumbai Taxi Union said that every year at least 10 per cent of taxis cross the age limit of 25 years. “The numbers of those crossing the age limit would increase in the next five years as many taxis that are currently plying have been registered in the year 1995-96. Moreover, we are finding it difficult to find new drivers to run taxis,” said A Quadros, general secretary, Mumbai Taxi Union.

There are around 7,000-plus such permits that are lying without being renewed and needs government’s approval for sale.